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should i upgrade my computer parts or buy a new computer entirely?

jjones210

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i would like to be able to run more modern PC games and i don't know a lot about computers (i had a friend help set this computer up). currently I've just been running off of integrated graphics and so i wanted to know if just getting a actual graphics card would do the job or if an entire computer upgrade would be better? also, if a new graphics card (or another part) is the case, then could you recommend one? preferably under 300$?

Here are my current parts:
Motherboard: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3930#ov
CPU: http://www.amazon.com/AMD-A6-3670K-Graphics-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B006J420T0
Power Supply: http://www.amazon.com/Raidmax-ATX12V-Power-Supply-RX-450K/dp/B003HGCSIG
(the power supply came built into the casing but it appears to be screwed in to where i can remove it if that is what needs to be upgraded)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231615&cm_re=F3-1866C9D-16GXM-_-20-231-615-_-Product

Also: i was looking at the system requirements for GTAV-PC and it says the minimal Video RAM is 1GB and the Recommended is 2GB.

if there is any other information i am missing please let me know and i will provide it
Thank you for your help in advance!
 

Fin1977

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http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1308&game=Grand+Theft+Auto+V&p_make=AMD&p_deriv=APU+A6-3670K+Quad-Core&gc_make=ATI&gc_deriv=Radeon+HD+6450&ram=8&checkSubmit=

above is a link to a site I use frequently to see how my pc fairs. ive added your specs to the relevant sectors and it give you options of minimum and recommended specs

EDIT> if you were to upgrade your graphics card I would also recommend you check out a bigger power supply to suit it. your ram hits the mark too so your not doing too bad you'll be able to hit minimum targets with the graphics upgrade but it is a very thirtsy game
 

leachicm

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Its a tough call. It looks like your pc hardware is setup for more casual gaming. AMD cpu is good for general use but isnt as strong as intel on gaming.
I would advise doing a piecemeal upgrade. Discreet graphic is a big boost. Second would be to try to upgrade your memory to a faster rating and have at least 8gb.
Right now im favoring nvidia. Ive used amd for years but nvidia just works out better for me. My gtx 760 is in the 200 range and works great. Im considering a gtx 960 for future use. (About the same price but less bandwidth and memory)
A side note, keep in mind the space in the computer case. Some cards are big.
But a 450 power supply is a tad low. You might squeeze a low power card but it wont support a heavy hitter, should consider a 750 or higher.
 

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Your computer is pretty weak and will not play most modern games well. The processor is of an old generation and the FM1 socket is dead with almost zero chance or future upgrades. This build below is my suggestion to you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $341.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-30 21:37 EDT-0400

Its almost $350 though and if you can stretch your budget to fit this it will be one of the best performing machine in this price point. If you cannot lower the ram to 4GB and the power supply to corsair cx 430W. Although corsair is not the best brand available it is enough for your needs and the motherboard will support more powerful i5 or i7 processor for upgrade in the future. Reuse the old HDD from previous machine.
 

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